Thank you for sharing that
I met three old Marines that were members of the Chosin Few. Survivers of the battle of the Chosin Reserviour in North Korea. Look that battle up on the Web and you'll find a story that will break your heart.
A column of Marines and armor of the 1st Marine Division moves through Communist Chinese lines during the successful break-out from the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.
The Marines were besieged when the Chinese entered the Korean War on 27 November 1950, sending 200,00 troops against United Nations forces.
Surrounded by Chinese and heavily outnumbered, 10,000 marines battled their way to safety down 40 miles of winding mountain roads in sub-arcticv weather
Veterans of the campaign have called themselves the "Chosin Few" ever since.
The fighting withdrawal from 27 November to 9 December 1950, is considered one of the greatest moments in the history of the Marine Corps and Navy.
The isolate 1st marine Division managed to decimate 10 Chinese infantry divisions in the Marines' assault westward to the North Korean port of Hungnam, where the Marines were redeployed by Naval Ships of Task Force 90.
Along the way, the Leathernecks received critical close air support from the Carriers of Task Force 77.
14 marines and 2 sailors later were awarded the the Medal of Honor.
And I had the honor of meeting three of those Marines. Thank you God for today.
posted on 11/10/2007 2:29:22 PM PST
(I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees.)
"Good night Chesty, wherever you are!"
Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller earned more awards than any Marine in history: five Navy Crosses, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit with "V" device, the Bronze Star with "V" device, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Chesty Puller requested to return to active duty to serve in Vietnam, but was turned down because of his age. He died 11 October 1971 in Hampton, Virginia, after a long illness. He was 73.
Quotes of Chesty Puller:
"Our Country won't go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won't be any AMERICA because some foreign soldier will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race!"
"They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can't get away from us now!" When the Marines were cut off behind enemy lines in Korea and the Army had written the 1st Marine Division off as being lost because they were surrounded by 22 enemy divisions. The Marines made it out inflicting the highest casualty ratio on an enemy in history and destroying 7 entire enemy divisions in the process. An enemy division is 16500+ men while a Marine division is 12500 men.
"there are not enough chinamen in the world to stop a fully armed Marine regiment from going where ever they wont to go"
"We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things.
posted on 11/10/2007 3:02:11 PM PST
by Red_Devil 232
(VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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